Saturday, May 17, 2014

Tidal Channels vs World Heritage Status

St Lucia Estuary :
iSimangaliso Wetlands Park :

Richards Bay is one of South Africa's busiest harbors. Not only is it the deepest in the Southern Hemisphere it also boast the biggest bulk Exporting Terminal.

Like all other Harbors around the World this harbor was also carved into a Wetlands Basin thus destroying the Natural Habitat and Fish breeding and Nursing Grounds.

Yet Richards Bay Harbor functions better and more healthier as a Marine Nursery than World Famous ans declared Heritage Site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Using Natures building blocks to scour the channel that the shipping vessels traverse through, Richards Bay relies on Dredging and Nature to help keep the harbor mouth open.

We all accept the fact that St Lucia Estuary Mouth will keep on closing. That is a given. Just like Richards Bay harbor. What we have to get our minds around is how invasive are we going to get to manage this closure and opening.

For the sake of Heritage og our Children and not the Status symbol that St Lucia Wetlands Park carry of the World we have to see this marine system functioning again and assist it through it's cycles.

The St Lucia system is 36 000 hectares and if managed properly it can be a great Tourist Attraction and supplier of protein to the families it still belongs to under Traditional treaties signed many generations ago.

Let no man dishonor the promises made by his/her ancestors. Let us set the Rich man's status aside and manage the resources to the advantage of all user groups so we all have equal shares in the spoils of this lovely and bounty full Natural Habitat

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